Riverside teenager Emma Manix-Geeves becomes the first female to play A-grade in Cricket North

Hitting targets: Emma Manix-Geeves batting for the Riverside women's team.

Hitting targets: Emma Manix-Geeves batting for the Riverside women's team.

Riverside teenager Emma Manix-Geeves said she was proud to become the first female to play A-grade in the history of Cricket North.

The wicket-keeper batter was selected to play a Twenty20 match against Westbury on the back of making team of the tournament at the national women’s under-18 championships in Hobart.

“I was a bit surprised,” Emma said after getting the call from first team captain Alex Saunders.

“He contacted me the day I got back from the tournament and I was still pretty sore but it’s a great opportunity and I’m definitely proud.to be the first.” 

Emma, who hit scores of 45, 52 not out and 83 in Hobart, has set her sights on playing Tasmanian Roar and potentially following fellow Launceston product Kristen Beams into the Southern Stars national team.

The Riverside High Grade 10 batted at nine for the Blues, came in during the last over and scampered through for a quick single off her solitary delivery to finish unbeaten with a strike-rate of 100.

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